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Monthly Engineering Forum Virtual Training
Jun 02, 2021 - Jun 02, 2021
Live Online Class, Internet Based

The Engineering Forum (EF), established in the late 1980s, is a group of engineers and scientists that supports the Superfund and RCRA programs in each of the ten EPA Regional Offices. As one of the EPA Technical Support Project’s (TSP) three technical forums, the EF is a medium for exchanging technical information regarding innovative site cleanup and characterization technologies. Monthly technical talks focus on site-specific engineering problems encountered, alternatives and solutions, and lessons learned. After each presentation, information regarding upcoming events and training are discussed and time for an Open Mic discussion is provided. If you are a Superfund, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Brownfields, state or federal environmental professional who is interested in solving technical issues, register for any technical talks listed below that interest you and join the discussion!

Presentations are specifically designed for EPA staff including RPMs, OSCs, Corrective Action Managers, Superfund and Technology Liaisons, Chemists, Biologists, Physical Scientists, and Engineers from within EPA regions, program offices, laboratory system, and headquarters personnel as well as environmental professionals from state agencies, tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Dept. of Energy, and other federal agencies of all experience levels. THIS TRAINING IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONTRACTORS, CONSULTANTS OR OTHER PRIVATE ENTITIES.

We will try to meet any special accommodations necessary for our participants as possible if given a minumum of two weeks notice. You will be prompted to indicate if you need any special accommocations upon registering for these events.

*This training is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend. One CLP will be issued for each session attended when you register and log on with the registration link provided to enable your attendance to be confirmed.*
 

The Central Treatment Plant (CTP) was inherited by EPA in 1995 through a series of bankruptcies and ownership changes of the Bunker Hill Smelter Complex and the famous Bunker Hill Mine within the epicenter of the Bunker Hill Superfund Site. The CTP, was originally constructed in 1974 by the Bunker Hill Company to treat smelter complex industrial waste waters and acid mine drainage flows from the Bunker Hill Mine. Until 2017, the plant’s original equipment remained and was relied upon, with the exception of the installation of new conveyance lines and a lined storage pond constructed in 1994 and 1999, new lime silos, a new lime feed system and the addition of a control tower along with computer operator workstations in 2005. Meanwhile the nearby Bunker Hill mine remained under private ownership and continued to produce 1400 or greater GPM of acid mine drainage (AMD) that continued to need to be treated. Flows would increase substantially, sometimes double, during spring freshet and the pH would drop to corrosive levels.

Recently EPA has constructed a new treatment system to replace the worn out aeration basin, polymer injection system, lime feed system, new System Control and Data Acquisition system, and multi-media sand filtration. The work included the construction of a groundwater collection system and the entire system was constructed under an Operate/Design/Build/Operate contract administered by the Corps of Engineers. Continued operations were critical to the implementation of this project as the AMD from the Bunker Hill Mine needed to be treated before, during, and after the CTP upgrades were being constructed. The project is now in its final months of shakedown testing prior to operations shifting to the State of Idaho.

This presentation will provide an overview of the new groundwater collection system and CTP and the influent sources along with some of the technical challenges that have been encountered.

More information and registration

 

International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Training - Planning for Effective Public Participation
Foundations in Public Participation
Jun 21, 2021 - Jun 25, 2021
Live Online Class, Internet Based

What is the course overview?
The Certificate Program, recently revamped and renamed Foundations in Public Participation, provides a broad-based learning experience covering all of the foundations of civic engagement. Developed by the most experienced and successful practitioners from around the world, this training provides useful tools for designing and implementing practical, real world public involvement programs. Foundations is designed to provide the knowledge, skills, techniques and confidence to design and manage the most effective public involvement programs. This course will help you hit the ground running, armed with the knowledge and confidence you need to plan and execute effective initiatives for any area in which you may be working.

Who should take this course?
This course is recommended for EPA staff and community members who work in communications, public relations, public affairs, planning, public outreach and understanding, community development, public policy, infrastructure development, utilities, academics and advocacy or lobbying.

What are the course learning objectives?
Participants who complete this course will gain skills to:
•  Select appropriate tools for creating effective forums for dialogue;
•  Understand the value, risks, and benefits of public participation and how to integrate it into decision-making processes;
•  Develop appropriate objectives that clarify the public’s role and are aligned with and support the decision process; and
•  Select techniques that align with program objectives and design, deliver, and evaluate effective public participation processes.

What are the logistics?
The Planning for Effective Public Participation (Three Days) class is the  first class of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Training - Foundations in Public Participation course offering. The Planning for Effective Public Participation class is a prerequisite to the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Training - Techniques for Effective Public Participation class, but you may take this class alone.  Once you have registered for this class you will be offered the option to sign up  for the Techniques class.

*Completion of both courses fulfills the requirements of the IAP2 Training - Foundations in Public Participation Certificate course.*

This planning course is critical for developing effective public participation. Using IAP2’s Spectrum for Public Participation, learn how to establish clear and achievable objectives for a public involvement program and how to define a promise to the public. This hands-on course gives you the opportunity to delve into your own challenges as you learn and review the essential elements of effective public participation planning.

Techniques that are taught include the World Café, Revolving Conversations, Citizen Jury, Advisory Groups, and many others.

Various trainers are available to teach these courses, all of whom have been vetted through IAP2. IAP2 is an international association of members who seek to promote and improve the practice of public participation.

Is there available background material?
Participants receive detailed course materials: student manuals, including IAP2’s Public Participation Toolbox and Tip Sheets for 25 techniques.

You are required to attend all five days of the Planning for Effective Public Participation training AS WELL AS all four days of the Techniques for Effective Puplic Participation training (June 28 - July 1, 2021) to obtain a certificate of completion. You must sign up for the Techniques portion separately.

The schedule for the Planning for Effective Public Participation is as follows:

  • Monday, June 21, 2021 @ 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern
  • Tuesday, June 22, 2021 @ 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern
  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern
  • Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern
  • Friday, June 25, 2021 @ 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern
More information and registration

 

Federal Facility RPM
Jun 22, 2021 - Jun 24, 2021 - POSTPONED
Chicago, IL

Federal Facility RPM, a 3-day training course, is geared toward Federal Facility (FF) Remedial Project Managers (RPM) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to facilitate an understanding of how the FF RPM role, responsibilities and authorities differ from a private or Fund-financed Superfund EPA RPM. By taking this course, participants will:

  • Discuss and examine best practices for managing the unique circumstances Federal Facility National Priority List (NPL) sites present.
  • Be exposed to the institutional knowledge of experienced FF RPMs and cover the history of the FF program and complexity of legacy DOD and DOE sites.
  • Review the statutory and regulatory authorities, executive orders and policy and guidance that are important to Federal Facilities.
  • Examine the programmatic organization unique to Federal Facilities and identify the programmatic differences between Federal Facility and private and Fund-financed Superfund sites.
  • Discuss in detail the Federal Facility Agreement (FFA), including negotiating and implementing the provisions of the FFA.
  • Examine and evaluate the unique technical and management issues presented by Federal Facilities.
  • Discuss current issues associated with emerging contaminants that may be present at Federal Facilities.
  • Obtain valuable materials and references for managing a Federal Facility NPL site.

This course is specifically designed for EPA FF RPMs of all experience levels. Participants with one to two years of experience and who have taken the Fundamentals of Superfund and Remedial Process courses may derive the most benefit. This course may also be taken by other EPA RPMs, DOD/DOE RPMs, EPA RCRA personnel, state personnel who manage Federal Facilities across the nation, tribal RPMs and managers. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONTRACTORS, CONSULTANTS OR OTHER PRIVATE ENTITIES.

The format of the course includes lecture, facilitated discussion, case study review, situational training with exercises, and use of multiple media. Short tests will be given at the end of each module to assess whether training objectives are met.

*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*

Important Notice: Due to the content presented during a CEC course and the restrictions in place for non-citizens to enter federal buildings, international attendees are not permitted to attend CEC courses.
 

Daily Class Times:
Tuesday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Wednesday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday - 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

This offering has been postponed. More information.

 

International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Training - Techniques for Effective Public Participation
Foundations in Public Participation
Jun 28, 2021 - Jul 01, 2021
Live Online Class, Internet Based

What is the course overview?
The Certificate Program, recently revamped and renamed Foundations in Public Participation, provides a broad-based learning experience covering all of the foundations of civic engagement. Developed by the most experienced and successful practitioners from around the world, this training provides useful tools for designing and implementing practical, real world public involvement programs. Foundations is designed to provide the knowledge, skills, techniques and confidence to design and manage the most effective public involvement programs. This course will help you hit the ground running, armed with the knowledge and confidence you need to plan and execute effective initiatives for any area in which you may be working.

Who should take this course?
This course is recommended for EPA staff and community members who work in communications, public relations, public affairs, planning, public outreach and understanding, community development, public policy, infrastructure development, utilities, academics and advocacy or lobbying.

What are the course learning objectives?
Participants who complete this course will gain skills to:
•  Select appropriate tools for creating effective forums for dialogue;
•  Understand the value, risks, and benefits of public participation and how to integrate it into decision-making processes;
•  Develop appropriate objectives that clarify the public’s role and are aligned with and support the decision process; and
•  Select techniques that align with program objectives and design, deliver and evaluate effective public participation processes.

What are the logistics?
The Techniques for Effective Public Participation (Two-Days) course is the second part of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Training - Foundations in Public Participation course offering.  You must take the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Training - Planning for Effective Public Participation course before taking this course.

*Completion of both courses fulfills the requirements of the IAP2 Training - Foundations in Public Participation Certificate course.*

This class provides 50+ practical tools and methodologies that can be used in a variety of situations to better communicate with people, build trusting relationships with citizens, and get their help and support with public projects.

Techniques that are taught include the World Café, Revolving Conversations, Citizen Jury, Advisory Groups, and many others.

Various trainers are available to teach these courses, all of whom have been vetted through IAP2. IAP2 is an international association of members who seek to promote and improve the practice of public participation.

Is there available background material?
Participants receive detailed course materials: student manuals, including IAP2’s Public Participation Toolbox and Tip Sheets for 25 techniques.

You are required to attend all four days of the Techniques for Effective Public Participation training AS WELL AS having completed all five days of the Planning for Effective Puplic Participation training (being held June 21-25, 2021) to obtain a certificate of completion. 

The schedule for the Techniques for Effective Public Participation is as follows:

  • Monday, June 28, 2021 @ 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern
  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021 @ 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern
  • Wednesday, June 30, 2021 @ 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern
  • Thursday, July 1, 2021 @ 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern
More information and registration

 

 

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